GREEN BAY, WI – Some quick thinking may have saved a girl’s life when her car started speeding out of control. Her gas pedal got stuck.
As Olivia Crooks, 16, cheers on her teammates at a sectional tennis tournament she can’t help but think how she almost didn’t make it here. as she drove out of the Southwest High School parking lot, something terrifying happened.
“I heard a crack. My gas pedal got stuck so I tried to press my brake to see if I could stop my car but I could not.” said Olivia Crooks.
Her car picked up speed, going 60 miles an hour down Packerland drive.
“I had no idea what to do and I was nervous and I was scared for the people around me. And I thought the only way I’m gonna stop this car is if I’m going to crash.” said Olivia Crooks.
Olivia immediately called 911. On the other end of the line was dispatcher Julia Robak.
“She was a little frantic in the beginning, which I don’t blame her. So was I a little bit,” said 911 Operator Julia Robak.
Robak credits the teen for thinking on her feet and staying calm. “I’m glad she was able to make that call. That was very smart on her part.”
Not only did she have the foresight to call 911 she also knew where she was and where she wanted to go. She headed for a cul-de-sac where she figured the worst case scenario would be that she drove around in circles until she ran out of gas.
Olivia didn’t have wait long. Thanks to some guidance from Robak, who had been trained to handle situations just like this. Robak was eventually able to help olivia stop the car. Green Bay police arrived at the scene and turned off the car.
Olivia’s mom is just happy no one was hurt. “I don’t even want to think about it because today is a new day and it’s all good. It’s all good. But it could’ve been awful.”
Olivia’s mom also says the gas pedal got stuck because a piece of plastic broke in the car. The family is still trying to find out why that happened.